With Her Majesty’s funeral concluded, and the flags returning to full mast, this seems like the moment to note my own experiences around the historic events of the last few weeks. It seems that almost everyone had a memory of the Queen, or one connected with her. It says something for Her work ethic that … Continue reading Where Were you when…….
I’ve written a great deal about photography as an art form, and about its place when everyone carries a camera. A few years back I presented a conference paper, in which I argued that there’s always a role for the dedicated photographer. My argument was that the best image comes from the engaged observer – … Continue reading Blue ocean, black and white film : When photography becomes incidental.
Day One – 9.4.2022 I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there’s something distinctly tribal about a big XR protest. Things were advertised to get underway at ten am in Hyde Park. I arrived at nine, to find a few flags, a few police vans and some steward, in the park not far … Continue reading April 9 / 10.4.2022 – In London with Extinction Rebellion
Well, I didn’t make it to COP26. Bunch of reasons for that. Work mostly. The nearest I managed, thanks to an inside tip, was to be at the local station when two of the ladies in red started their trip to Glasgow. Well I watched the proceedings on the news. It doesn’t seem to have … Continue reading XR – London, November 21.
Extinction Rebellion, August 22-25 2021 Intro - Here we go again. Extinction Rebellion came to London again this week, and so yet again it was time to book a Travelodge, catch a train, and start photographing the latest chapter in what’s become something of a project. I was in London in June, photographing their “Free … Continue reading August 2021 – Extinction Rebellion’s “Impossible Rebellion”.
Saturday. London. The protest weekend. The first time in over a year I’d travelled overnight, the first time since August that I’d been out of my provincial hometown. Day one was to begin at noon, outside BBC broadcasting house. Walking up from my hotel off Parliament Square, through a London summer morning that seemed to … Continue reading 26.6.21-27.6.21 – London’s Weekend of Protest.
Another day, another weekend, another bank holiday and another protest. The current season, with its minor easing of lockdown, has led to quite the series of protests in the little town where I make my home. Wile it’s all under the umbrella cause of opposing the current policing bill (a cause which anyone with a … Continue reading Palestine, Colombia and Kill The Bill – Protest 29/5/2021
Another weekend, another hometown protest. I’m wondering, cautiously, if this might just mean that we’re returning to some sort of normality. May Day is traditionally the date when you can more or less expect a protest, and so I wasn’t surprised to find that the local organisation opposing the policing bill had chosen it for … Continue reading May Day – Aberystwyth’s Third Policing Bill Protest
As I might have mentioned, in September of last year I took a withdrawal from my PHD studies in order to take on a lecturing role within the same department. For the last few months it’s been “Alex Gilbey MA, Lecturer In Fine Art”. Which is a little alarming. It’s been rewarding, it’s been interesting, … Continue reading The Camera Obscura – Lockdown Teaching, Light Painting And The Thrill Of Ancient Technology.
It’s been a while since I photographed a protest. Some of that’s part of the price of living in a small town. Much of it has been the restrictions on travel, gathering and everything else. But even the smallest town isn’t an island, and the nationwide protests against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill … Continue reading 3.4.2021 : Photographing A Protest For The Right To Protest.